In the event of an emergency situation caused by various factors (e.g., natural disasters, power outages, campus safety concerns) your ability to continue your class in the manner that you’ve planned may be impacted. This webpage helps you find alternatives for these situations so that you can keep holding your class during an unanticipated disruption or emergency campus closure.
- Check Cal State L.A.'s Health Watch webpage for official campus updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation
- Check the CSU's coronavirus webpage for official CSU system-wide updates
- Verify/Update your phone number to receive official campus Eagle Alert messages
- Follow the CalStateLA ITS twitter feed for ITS updates
- Check out the ITS webpage on Resources for Virtual or Remote Access
- Remind students to download or print a copy of your course syllabus
- Download or save electronic copies of your course files, assignment instructions, rubrics, etc.
Be sure to check with your department chair and/or college dean for teaching expectations.
1. Publish Your Canvas Course
- Using Canvas for the first time
- Setting up your Canvas course
- Step-by-step guides
2. Keep Your Students Updated
3. Share Content Using Canvas
- Adding content to your Canvas course
- Pre-record lectures and videos for students
4. Create Assignments or Assessments in Canvas
5. Share Student Grades Confidentially in Canvas
- Using Canvas Gradebook to manage grades
6. Facilitate Exams, Quizzes, or Tests Online Using Canvas
- Creating online exam, quizzes or tests in Canvas
- Using Respondus to create and or upload quiz questions to Canvas
Consider Using the Canvas App
For access to your course on the go, consider downloading and installing the Canvas Teacher app for smartphones and tablets. Consider encouraging students to download the Canvas Student app.
Note: When signing in to the app, search for CalStateLA when asked to find your school.
Consider Using Zoom
- If you plan to hold synchronous (live) remote class sessions in place of your class sessions, use a video conferencing tool such as Zoom.
- See ITS' Zoom page for information and support
- Attend the Getting Started with Zoom Meetings or other on Live Training Webinars
- Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom
- Tips and Tricks for Teachers Educating on Zoom
- Zoom Video Tutorials
CETL Canvas Support Information
Faculty Peer-to-Peer Mentors
To assist faculty in adapting their instruction to alternative modes, CETL’s staff will be augmented by a team of Cal State LA faculty experienced in teaching and design online:
- Dr. Kamran Afary (Communication Studies)
- Dr. Kriz Bezdecny (GeoSciences)
- Dr. James Sera (Anthropology)
- Kara Masek (Music)
- Sharona Krinsky (Mathematics)
- Arcadia Le Vias (Pan African Studies)
- Dr. Carl Schottmiller (Liberal Studies) Specializing in accessibility concerns
- Dr. Margaret Finnegan (Criminalistics) Specializing in reading and writing concerns
Faculty Peer Mentors are available via Zoom Drop-In Support. Click here for current hours and to access this service.
Instructor Self-Paced Course
Remember that all Cal State LA faculty are already enrolled in a self-paced Canvas course for Instructors to familiarize yourself with Canvas from the comfort of your own home or office. All instructors also have access to a Canvas sandbox as a staging area for any course content, or to use during Canvas training.